Game #79 vs. Nationals

PNC Park | 7:05 | Snell vs. Matt Chico | Box Rarely do you see the Pirates erupt with a show of such sheer jubilation as you did on Friday night. Jose Bautista’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth scored Jose Castillo, and the Pirates walked off with a 3-2 win. As Castillo trotted home from third, Ian Snell vaulted the dugout railing and led his teammates down the first base line.  The Pirates mobbed Bautista in a display...

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The Lost Generation – Part 1, Sean Burnett

The Pirates’ starting rotation has contained highly touted, homegrown arms Ian Snell, Tom Gorzelanny, Zach Duke, and Paul Maholm for a few years now. Several years ago, the Pirates had another group of promising young pitchers, each selected in the first round in a three year period. Sean Burnett (2000), John Van Benschoten (2001) and Bryan Bullington (2002) we once hailed as the future nucleus of the big league rotation, but...

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The Time has Come for a Pirate Revolution

I can no longer ignore tomorrow’s protest. I’ve held off as long as possible, waiting to make my stance known—but the time has come to say what I need to say. I don’t think it’s enough. By now you’ve likely heard the reasons behind the walkout organized by Andy Chomos and Sean Lucas, and you’ve heard how the Pirates plan to keep the damage to a minimum. If you’re a passionate fan (and a...

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Indy Indians: Suspended

The Indianapolis Indians started the game against the Columbus Clippers at Cooper Stadium in Columbus, but they didn’t get far. Rain interrupted the game in the bottom of the 3rd inning with one out and a baserunner on second.
Left-hander Sean Burnett started the game for the Indians. He gave up a lone single to Clippers’ 3B Brent Abernathy in the 1st inning, but retired him on a force out. He set the side down in order in the second inning. As the bottom of the 3rd started, Burnett had given up a walk to CF Rogearvin Bernadina, who then moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by pitcher Tim Redding. At that point, the umpires called everyone off the field, as the rains came down.
The Indians had put up two hits but had not scored either in their first three innings. With Tim Redding on the mound for Columbus, SS Brian Bixler singled and stole second base (his 18th stolen base of the season). 1B Brad Eldred walked, and with 3B Russ Johnson at the plate, Bixler and Eldred executed a double steal. But the inning ended when Johnson struck out. C Humberto Cota singled to start the second inning, but CF Luis Matos grounded into a double play, forcing out Cota. In the top of the 3rd, LF Matt Kata reached base safely when Clippers’ 3B Abernathy made a fielding error. Kata was quickly picked off first base by Redding, and the inning ended with a ground out by Bixler.
At about 9 pm, the announcement was made that the game had been suspended, and will be made up on Friday, beginning at 5:35pm. The first game on Friday will be 9 innings, and will pick up at the same point in the bottom of the 3rd. The second game will be 7 innings.
Until tomorrow….
Go Tribe!

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Game #78 at Florida

Dolphin Stadium | 12:05 | Duke vs. Scott Olsen | Box So, I live blogged the first hour of the game today. When I left, the Pirates trailed, 5-0. The Marlins won, 9-7. Zach Duke took the loss, as he allowed 6 runs and 12 hits in 4 innings. Our bats narrowed the gap in the seventh inning: Paulino doubled to left. Castillo doubled to right, Paulino scored. Phelps pinch-hitting for Armas. Phelps walked on a full count. Lindstrom pitching....

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Taking a Look at the Pirates' Offensive Offense

Dejan implied in Monday’s live chat that hitting, not pitching, has had the greater effect on the team’s failures—and successes—so far in 2007. The rankings don’t lie: A .250 team average is more significant than a 4.55 staff ERA. A number of Pirates are underachieving this year. Two, though, stand out from the crowd. This morning, a couple of analysts take a look at our should-be sluggers. Daniel Rathman...

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